The Final Four for the 2014 World Cup has been finalized in dramatic fashion.
Host nation and odds on favorite to win the tournament, Brazil defeated a samba happy Colombian squad 2-1 in what can only be described as aggressive encounter.
Brazil will now face Germany who coasted to a 1-nil victory over France, setting up a match that will be remembered as a classic. Click here to see all the 2014 World Cup betting odds.
Brazil vs. Germany Betting Line
Asian handicap: Brazil +0 (-106) vs. Germany +0 (EVEN)
3-way line: Brazil +178 / Germany +183 / Draw +225
Total: 2 (Over -109, Under +100)
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Brazil’s win came at a high cost with the injury to their superstar forward Neymar, who suffered a fractured vertebra after being kneed in the back by Juan Zuniga. Neymar has been ruled out for the remainder of the World Cup.
He went on to thank fans for their support and urged his teammates to push forward.
“My dream isn’t over. It was interrupted by a play but it continues,” Neymar said in a video released by the Brazilian Soccer Federation.
“I’m certain that my team mates will do everything possible so that my dream, which is to be a champion, comes true.
“My dream was also to play in a World Cup final but this time it didn’t work out,” the 22-year-old said, his voice cracking with emotion.
“But God willing, they’re going to win this, they’re going to be champions, and I’m going to be by their side, with them. And all us Brazilians are going to be celebrating.”
Neymar is now back in Sao Paulo for treatment. His club, FC Barcelona, believes the star forward will return to play for the 2014-15 campaign.
But whether this injury galvanizes the Brazilian squad for the semi final game against a tactical German squad remains to be seen.
The other semifinal match will see Argentina take on Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands.
Argentina Vs. Netherlands Betting Odds
Asian handicap: Argentina -0.25 (+105) vs. Netherlands +0.25 (-112)
3-way line: Argentina +141 / Netherlands +238 / Draw +223
Total: 2 (Over -105, Under -103)
The Dutch team needed a penalty shootout to finally end the Cinderella run of the Costa Rican squad, and they’ll now face an Argentine squad that is peaking at the right time.
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